Spain to play France, US at FIFA U20 World CupAP , Associated Press
Mar. 25, 2013 2:37 PM ET
ISTANBUL (AP) — Tournament favorite Spain has been drawn with France, the United States and an African team to be determined in what appears to be the toughest group at FIFA's Under-20 World Cup.
FIFA conducted the draw Monday in Istanbul and placed host nation Turkey with Colombia, Australia and El Salvador.
England will face Iraq, Chile and the winner of the Under-20 African Championship being decided this week. Egypt, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria have reached the semifinals there.
Mexico heads a group with Paraguay, Greece and an African team.
Uruguay is with New Zealand or Fiji, Uzbekistan and Croatia.
Portugal, which was runner-up in 2011, will play Cuba, South Korea and an African team.
Defending champion Brazil failed to qualify.
The tournament will be played June 21-July 13 in seven Turkish cities.